Monday, 10 August 2009


We have had quite a few Birthdays in the last few weeks including my own. My lovely son has turned 15 I can't believe it! Not so long ago he looked like this

Then time flew by and he grew

he's still got the same beautiful dark brown eyes though!

We went out for a lovely meal here to celebrate his Birthday.The Fleece in witneyand tucked into Antipasti and then good ole steak and chips, lovely! This is a beautiful georgian building overlooking the beautiful Church Green.

Our Birthdays are quite close together, so for mine, I decided we would have a lovely family meal at home! My son made the starter. One of my favourites, homemade carrot and coriander soup Yummy!

Then my daughter made Crayfish and rocket risotto, gorgeous!
And for dessert my Hubby made this amazing Rasberry and white chocolate cheesecake!It was so light and fruity!

The whole meal was beautiful, I felt SO pampered!

I love my family loads!

Tomorrow I am off to The Randolph Hotel for Afternoon tea with my friend Karen!

I'm so excited it brings tears to my eyes thinking about it! My family think I'm mad to get so emotional about it, I'm sure I'm getting worse as I get older!

I'll remember to take my camera so I can take some photos.


Rachel x

PS.Thank you for the kind comments on the last post, I really appreciate them!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Peak district, twice in 2 weeks!

Hello to you all on this drizzly day!

Remember on the the last post my son was in the Peak District, well by Sunday evening so were we and not in a good way!.
We received a phone call on Sunday afternoon to say that my son wasn't well, in fact he was on the verge of hypothermia!It was the end of his second day and his group had walked over 10 miles with heavy rucksacks, in torrential rain.My son hadn't got his rain mac on in time during one of the downpours and was soaked through! Luckily he was spotted by one of the teachers at the checkpoint.Apparently he was shaking, had his head down, his body was numb.The teacher took him to one side and questioned him and realised he was ill.The problem with the first stages of hypothermia is that you don't know you've got it!

My son was so gutted not to able to carry on ,as he is quite fit, (all that kick boxing) but he's going to do it again later in the year!
The teachers were brilliant, looking after him and taking him to the tearoom in Longnor to warm him up with hot chocolate!
By the time we had driven there from Witney (2.5 hours away) he was feeling a lot better.we had traveled 140 miles to collect him, oh the joys of parenthood!
We went in the local pub for a quick half a shandy and then we drove all the the way home with my son snuggled up with his blanket and pillow in the back! He was fully recovered by the next day!

Fast forward to this weekend and Hubby and I were in the Peak district, camping by ourselves! We loved it,yes even Hubby! I know he loved it because he cooked bacon rolls for breakfast on both days.He also bought a wind up lamp from Millet's for our next trip.

Peace and quiet, we were the only ones here, apart from these guys!

We both loved the walks too! We did a 3 mile circular walk around Bakewell on the first day, such a pretty place! Then we went for a pub meal here

It rained all evening from about 8pm until the next morning, but who cares when you have bacon rolls to look forward to!

As it was raining we popped to Buxton, very nice too with some beautiful architecture.

On the way back to camp I remembered I had seen a sign for Monsal Head but I didn't know much about it.We turned off and WoW so glad we did, such a beautiful place even in light drizzle.We walked across the viaduct which was 80 ft high, amazing!.We also walked along Monsal Dale, such a beautiful place, I can't believe we haven't been there before.

We only stayed in Bakewell for 2 nights but it was such a lovely break.Of course we had to buy a Bakewell pudding to take home from this little shop!

Hope you all have a great week

Rachel x


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